NPR's Ari Shapiro speaks to EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy about next week's international conference on substances in air conditioners and refrigerators that heat up the atmosphere.
Also this week: A story from an NPR Music reporter about the "lost art of listening."
It's not enough anymore to learn how to size up the symptoms of a particular patient, say specialists in bioinformatics. Modern doctors need to learn to see patterns in huge data sets, too.
She's learned a lot about chimpanzees. But what has she learned from them has given her a new mission: improve the health of the planet.
Skunk Bear's shivery new video explores how and why our skin acts so weird when we watch a scary movie, get cold or listen to music.
In the last decade, the Gulf of Maine warmed faster than 99.9 percent of the global ocean. The rapid warming explains why recent fishing policies failed to rebuild the cod population, a study finds.
Dinosaur fossils are often found along the U.S.-Canada border. But what happens after someone discovers them on their land depends on what the rules are about ownership, scholarship and preservation.
Los Angeles is finding that community health workers — problem solvers who are untrained in medicine, but fluent in compassion — can be key to helping the county's sickest and neediest get better.
NPR blogger Adam Frank says Americans need to stop carrying the guilt of climate change, so that we can move on and fix it.
An uptick in cases of Rocky Mountain spotted fever might actually be due to a newer tick-borne bacterium. It looks like it's causing milder infections — and a lot of confusion.
A large study suggests some may use e-cigarettes to quit smoking tobacco. But the survey also shows that nearly 10 percent of young adults who have never smoked tobacco have used the devices.
The Cassini probe will pass within just 30 miles of Saturn's moon Enceladus. The goal is to search for signs of habitability.
Roughly 265,000 U.S. kids entered foster care last year — the highest number since 2008. Officials say the abuse of heroin or prescription painkillers by more parents is one reason for the increase.
NPR's Shankar Vedantam tells Steve Inskeep about a Halloween experiment to see whether children can be swayed to change their political preferences with candy.
This week, the Hidden Brain podcast explores the science of fear — traveling to a haunted house curated by a scientist to investigate what scares us, and why some people enjoy feeling fear.
An expert panel's conclusion that hot dogs and yes, even turkey bacon are carcinogenic had many of you wanting more details. Which cancers? How much is safe to eat? We tackle your questions.
In response to a big jump in diabetes in the U.S., a federal advisory panel advises tens of millions of overweight Americans to get their blood tested, and intensive counseling if sugar's too high.
The World Health Organization's decision puts bacon, hot dogs and sausages in the same category of cancer risk as tobacco smoking. And beef, pork, veal and lamb are "probably carcinogenic," WHO says.
David Greene talks to tropical meteorologist Kristen Corbosiero of the University of Albany in New York about what made the once-mighty Hurricane Patricia so powerful and unpredictable.
For three seasons, fans have flocked to Hulu for East Los High. The teen soap follows its characters through the tumult of adolescence and uses a secret weapon to deliver life lessons along the way.